Brody Woods and Caden McCaw combined to pitch a no-hitter for the undefeated Walla Walla Bears to put the finishing touch on a sweep of the Lewis-Clark Twins in an independent American Legion baseball doubleheader at Walla Walla Community College on Monday.
After an 8-5 Bears victory in the first game, Walla Walla took the nightcap, 3-0.
Lewis-Clark left 10 runners on base as Woods and McCaw recorded a shutout despite five walks, five Walla Walla errors and a Twins batter hit by a pitch.
Woods chalked up eight strikeouts over the first five innings, and McCaw came on in relief to fan a couple of Twins.
“It was a really well-pitched game,” Bears coach Alex Behrman said. “Brody had his fastball working for him all day, and around the second or third inning, he found his curveball — that’s a real sharp 12-to-6 thing — and that was effective for him.
“(Woods) was a little wild, but really that turned out to be effectively wild, kept them off-balance,” he said. “But it also kept him from going the full seven innings, so we brought in Caden — our lefty out of the bullpen — and he told me he only threw fastballs, that they couldn’t hit it.”
Back-to-back run-scoring singles with two outs by Josh Bergevin and Kyler Barnett in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Bears all the offense they wound up needing.
The Bears had taken the first game, 8-5, with runs batted in by Kobe Morris, Kyren Morris, Caleb Ephan, Matt McKenzie, Barnett, Kyler Tiner and McCaw.
A two-out single by Kyren Morris put Walla Walla ahead for good, scoring Barnett to snap a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The next inning saw McCaw, Barnett and Tiner hit run-scoring singles in succession before a Twins error gave the Bears an 8-3 lead, and they held on to the end.
Walla Walla pitchers Turner Edwards and Zander Norris together limited the Twins to 10 scattered hits (nine singles) and three walks.
Edwards notched nine strikeouts.
“The first game was a little more back-and-forth,” Behrman said. “He had some good hitting, especially from the bottom part of our lineup with Kyler Barnett and Kyler Tiner, and Caden McCaw, too. And Caleb Ephan gave us a couple of really good hits.”
The Bears (8-0-2 record) next will head down to Chico, Calif., for the Father’s Day Summer Slam from Thursday through Sunday.
Mader, Bonfield (6) and Kolb. Edwards, Norris (7) and Ephan.
HR — none.
Hits — LC: Turcott 4, Barajas 2, Daniel, Wallace, Stout, Hart. WW: Ky. Morris 2, Barnett 2, Tiner 2, Ko. Morris, Marks, Ephan, McKenzie, McCaw.
Judy, Stout (6) and Kolb. Woods, McCaw (6) and Richmond.
HR — none.
Hits — WW: Tiner 2, Ky. Morris 2, Marks 2, Bergevin, Barnett, McKenzie.